Redeeming the Great Barrier Reef. Science, romanticism and indigenous knowledge in the cultural and ecological history of the reef, c.1850-1950


Project Summary

Project Summary

This project shows how, in the late-nineteenth-century, scientist W Saville-Kent, journalist EJ Banfield and castaway Narcisse Pelletier, and their intellectual successors, helped transform widespread popular fear and distrust of the Great Barrier Reef by inaugurating positive and holistic scientific, literary and ethnographic analyses of the region’s ecology.


Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2011-2013